MAT 411 Abstract Algebra

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Syllabus and class handouts are on Blackboard learn.
Lecture notes will be available on Bblearn.

Recommended printed books:

A First Course in Abstract Algebra by John B. Fraleigh;
Contemporary Abstract Algebra by Joseph A. Gallian;
Abstract Algebra An Introduction by Thomas W. Hungerford (make sure it is not the graduate level Algebra book by the same author);
A Book of Abstract Algebra by Charles C. Pinter.

Free online books:

Algebra Abstract and Concrete by Frederick M. Goodman
Abstract Algebra: Theory and Applications by Thomas W. Judson
Notes on Abstract Algebra by Scott M. LaLonde

List of free e-books and guides on Abstract Algebra.

I highly recommend that you use the LyX template (right click to download) to type your homework solutions. LyX is available in the computer labs. It is freely available to download and install from the LyX web site. The installation script automatically installs LaTeX as well.

LaTeX is also available in our computer labs. Please use the LaTeX homework solution example if you prefer to use LaTeX. Also in pdf form. I recommend that you use or .
Latex examples
Latex guide


Before you start your proofs, try to identify wich of the following proof templates match your problem.

We are going to use the GAP (Groups, Algorithms, Programming) system which is a free computational algebra program. Some of the homework will ask you write small programs in GAP. You may want to glance at the GAP tutorials and the reference manual in the documentation section of the main GAP web site. GAP is available at .

Test 1: Friday 2/17.
Test 2: Monday 3/27. Includes 3.7 - 3.15
Test 3: Monday 5/01. Includes 4.1 - 4.11.11

You are responsible for all the definitions, theorems, proofs and examples that appeared in class or in the homework sets. No notes or electronic devices are allowed on the test. Please review the Test Etiquette.


hw0 : Due Friday 1/20
hw1 : Due Wednesday 1/25
hw2 : Due Monday 1/30
hw3 : Due Wednesday 2/8
hw4 : Due Wednesday 2/15
hw5 : Due Monday 2/27
hw6 : Due Friday 3/10
hw7 : Due Friday 3/24
hw8 : Due Friday 4/07 hw9 : Due Monday 4/17